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€5,300 EPT Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Ludovic Geilich Tops Star-Studded Field in Day 1a of the Main Event

LisaY • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Ludovic Geilich
Ludovic Geilich

The Main Event of the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour kicked off today at The Monte-Carlo Sporting. In the first of two starting flights, the flagship event attracted 342 runners, of which 128 have secured themselves a place in Day 2.

There were many big names scattered around the cardroom but when it was time to bag at the end, it was undoubtedly Ludovic Geilich’s day. The professional chipped up to an impressive 271,400, for a decisive chip lead during the 10 hours on today’s schedule.

His run was even more impressive considering the table he was on during the last couple of levels. Featuring poker heavyweights that included Ryan Riess, Julien Martini, Dominykas Karmazinas and PokerStars Ambassadors Ramon Colillas and Kalidou Sow, Geilich survived where others were unable to do so. Most notable was the huge clash between Sow and Martini, which sent Sow to the rail 30 minutes before the end. Sow had turned trips with queen-nine suited and after a checked flop, Martini check-called a bet on the turn. The river was a six that gave Martini a full house with pocket-sixes and saw the rest of the chips go into the middle.

Kalidou Sow
Kalidou Sow

It was also the hand that saw Martini net second place in the counts, with the Frenchman taking 218,000 through, the only other player in the field to exceed the 200,000 mark. He is followed by Conor Beresford (195500) and Ibrahim Ghassan (182000), taking third and fourth respectively. Dominykas Karmazinas rounded out the top five with 178,600.

Of the PokerStars Ambassadors in contention today, Maria Konnikova (133200) takes forward the biggest stack. Ramon Colillas also bagged but dropped to 55,000 after a promising start. Fatima Moreira De Melo busted after the last break and Andre Akkari also failed to bag and tag, but all is not lost as the trio still have one re-entry remaining apiece.

Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova

Many of the most well-known names who took part today will return for Day 2 on Wednesday. They include Boris Kolev (160,000), Paul Michaelis (159,000), Vlad Darie (153,000), Dario Sammartino (144,900), Winfred Yu (144,400), Govert Metaal (138,700), Manig Loeser (128,600), Georgios Karakousis (120,300), Orpen Kisacikoglu (109,900), Florian Duta (108,400), Sam Greenwood (107,700), Arsenii Karmatckii (104,200), Ryan Riess (86,400), Maria Lampropoulos, (84,800), Norbert Szecsi (76,700), Pierre Calamusa (71,000), Randy Lew (48,700), Michael Soyza (48,500), Christoph Vogelsang, (44,100), Chin Wei Lim (34,900) and Mohsin Charania (18,000).

Not all of the well-known players were able to advance. Throughout the course of the day, we said goodbye to Adrian Mateos, Alexandru Papazian, David Peters, Denys Shafikov, Eric Sfez, Chen An Lim, Jean-Noel Thorel, Joao Simao, Koray Aldemir, Kristen Bicknell, Lars Bonding, Luc Greenwood, Maria Ho, Mark Teltscher, Marton Czuczor, Matas Cimbolas, Maxim Panyak, Nick Petrangelo, Paul Newey, Rainer Kempe, Sam Grafton, Sylvain Loosli, Timur Margolin, and two-time EPT Champion Victoria Coren Mitchell.

Jean-Noel Thorel
Jean-Noel Thorel

For those who haven’t used their single re-entry, there is always Day 1b tomorrow, which - in terms of the structure - will be pretty much an exact replica of today. Play will start at 12 pm and there are 10 one-hour levels on the clock. There will be a 20-minute break after every two hours, except for the 75-minute dinner break at the end of Level 6.

Join PokerNews then for live updates on all of the Main Event action, from the moment cards are in the air, until the last chip has been bagged.

Tags: Adrian MateosBoris KolevChristoph VogelsangDario SammartinoDavid PetersDominykas KarmazinasFatima Moreira De MeloFlorian DutaGeorgios KarakousisGovert MetaalIbrahim GhassanJoao SimaoJulien MartiniKalidou SowKoray AldemirKristen BicknellLars BondingLuc GreenwoodLudovic GeilichManig LoeserMaria HoMaria KonnikovaMaria LampropoulosMichael SoyzaMohsin CharaniaNick PetrangeloOrpen KisacikogluPaul MichaelisPaul NeweyPierre CalamusaRainer KempeRamon ColillasRandy LewRyan RiessVictoria Coren Mitchell

Chip Counts (full)

LisaY • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 271,400
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 218,000
Conor Beresford gb
Conor Beresford
gb 195,500
Ibrahim Ghassan lb
Ibrahim Ghassan
lb 182,000
Dominykas Karmazinas lt
Dominykas Karmazinas
lt 178,600
Afshin Taheri ir
Afshin Taheri
ir 176,000
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
fr 161,900
Aladin Reskallah fr
Aladin Reskallah
fr 160,000
Boris Kolev bg
Boris Kolev
bg 160,000
Paul Michaelis de
Paul Michaelis
de 159,000
Francesc Davila Ausina ES
Francesc Davila Ausina
ES 157,100
Jonathan Concepcion es
Jonathan Concepcion
es 153,500
Vlad Darie ro
Vlad Darie
ro 153,000
Charles La Boissonniere ca
Charles La Boissonniere
ca 147,800
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
it 144,900
Winfred Yu hk
Winfred Yu
hk 144,400
Danilo Velasevic rs
Danilo Velasevic
rs 140,000
Theodore McQuilkin fr
Theodore McQuilkin
fr 138,800
Govert Metaal nl
Govert Metaal
nl 138,700
Ramon Miquel Munoz es
Ramon Miquel Munoz
es 135,000
Thomas Hueber at
Thomas Hueber
at 134,000
Maria Konnikova us
Maria Konnikova
us 133,200
Manig Loeser de
Manig Loeser
de 128,600
Renan Bruschi br
Renan Bruschi
br 127,100
Thiago Signorelli Viana br
Thiago Signorelli Viana
br 126,000

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Day 1a Finished

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Around 125 players remain as the bagging and tagging is complete, and the chip counts and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Li Loses Heaps At the End

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

During the last hands of the night, Yan Li got into a raising war with Jean Mikhael and the latter ended up all in for 55,500.

Jean Mikhael: {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}
Yan Li: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}

The board came {10-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and Li lost a big portion of her stack just shy of bagging and tagging.

Jean Mikhael lb
Jean Mikhael
lb 120,000 120,000
Yan Li cn
Yan Li
cn 12,000 -48,000

Tags: Jean MikhaelYan Li

Four More Hands

LisaY • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

It has been announced that there will be four more hands before Day 1a of the Main Event concludes for the evening.

More for Yu and Karmatckii

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Arsenii Karmatckii opened to 2,800 and Nicole Wee called on the button. Vladimir Troyanovskiy three-bet out of the big blind to 11,200 and Karmatckii simply reraised to 70,000 to give his two opponents the option to fold or call all in. Wee folded, and Troyanovskiy also obliged.

Winfred Yu also chipped up on a table with big stack Afshin Taheri. He faced a raise to 2,600 by Basil Yaiche and a call by Dragos Trofimov. The cutoff reraised to 9,500 and Yu made it 30,000 to go in order to force folds.

Afshin Taheri ir
Afshin Taheri
ir 170,000 100,000
Winfred Yu hk
Winfred Yu
hk 140,000 40,000
Arsenii Karmatckii ru
Arsenii Karmatckii
ru 108,000 10,000
Nicole Wee SG
Nicole Wee
SG 36,000 -12,000
Vladimir Troyanovskiy ru
Vladimir Troyanovskiy
ru 32,000 -11,000

Tags: Afshin TaheriArsenii KarmatckiiBasil YaicheDragos TrofimovNicole WeeVladimir TroyanovskiyWinfred Yu

Monster Clash Between Sow and Martini

LisaY • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Julien Martini
Julien Martini

In one of the defining hands of the day, it all began with an open to 2,600 from Julien Martini. Kalidou Sow was sat on the button and three-bet to 7,500. Martini called and with everyone else out of the way, the two players went to the flop.

It came the {10-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and when Martini checked, Sow checked it back. The turn was the {9-Diamonds} and following another check from Martini, Sow made it 8,600 to proceed. Martini called and the two players headed onto the river.

The dealer laid the {6-Spades} down and Martini checked once more. This time the price to play was 26,500 but Martini wasn't done yet and moved all in for 97,500 in total. Sow was in a tough spot, with a similar stack size, Martini had just enough to send him to the rail and he went into the tank.

After a couple of minutes, he put a stack of chips over the line to signify the call and they turned their cards over.

Julien Martini: {6-Hearts}{6-Spades}
Kalidou Sow: {q-Spades}{9-Spades}

It was trips for Sow but he had been bested on the river by Martini's full house and he leaves the table half an hour before the end of play. Martini meanwhile, has risen through the rankings and is one of the top stacks now.

Kalidou Sow
Kalidou Sow
Julien Martini fr
Julien Martini
fr 218,000 119,000
Kalidou Sow fr
Kalidou Sow
fr Busted

Tags: Julien MartiniKalidou Sow